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Lood Guck!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

For those of you who have recieved some kind of comment from me and may have raised an eyebrow at the phrase "Lood Guck!"

I spent way too many years in Theatre, not professional, just amateur & college stuff, to use the phrase Good Luck lightly. It's like "The Scottish Play" by Shakespeare - we just don't use that type of language around here.

Anyway, the scale has not moved, but my clothes are feeling a bit looser. A figment of my imagination, or a sign of things to come. Who knows. Wish me "guck!"

  
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DOGLADY13 1/17/2012 8:16PM

    emoticon I will take inches lost every time. I went from a size 14 to size 12 and didn't lose any weight. My body fat percentage went down.



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OPTIMIST1948 1/16/2012 1:41PM

    Look guck is it own thing. "The Scottish Play" - do a Google search on "The Scottish Play" and it will pop right up. Just "Beware the Ides of March!"

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NUOVAELLE 1/16/2012 2:38AM

    Lood guck! I like it! I'm not aware of this Shakespeare's play. Do you meant that this phrase is used in it or that Shakespeare tends to reverse letters in the same way? Whatever the case, I wish you with all my heart: "Lood guck!!!"
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RANGERAMPS 1/15/2012 8:26PM

    Lood guck! It's always good that your clothes feel lose even if you don't lose weight. You may be losing fat and gaining muscle. Either way you are getting smaller. Sometimes you have to look on the 'bright' side and try not to always use the scale as your only measurement of success.

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Measuring cups are dirty - AGAIN

Saturday, January 14, 2012

I'm a reasonably healthy eater, but my problem has *always* been volume/portion control. So one of the things I'm concentrating on for Phase 2 is WHAT I am eating and how much. I asked for a scale for my birthday and have 2 sets of measuring cups. Between the 2, I've really been working on "what does it look like."

Sorry, no pithy ending because as Peg Bracken said in her "I Hate To Cook" cookbook, eyeballing quantities and weights is an intensely personal journey of discovery. Get the idea to fix solidly in your head. And nobody can do that but you.

  
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TEACHLIZARD 1/15/2012 8:21PM

    I have learned to love measuring. It has helped me lose many pounds, plus I have discovered that you usually get more of somethings when you weigh it over counting! I always get this happy feeling like I'm getting something extra.
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DOGLADY13 1/14/2012 10:31PM

    I have "landmarks" on my dishes. For instance, I know that up to the silver line in the middle of my china bowls is a cup of pasta.

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BALANCEDJESS 1/14/2012 10:31PM

    This is really great advice--learning about what the serving size looks like so you don't have to measure it every time! I want to start doing this.

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PIXIEMOMMY18 1/14/2012 3:39PM

    Measuring portions correctly is a biggie with me too. it doesn't matter how healthy the food is if you eat double or triple portions.

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8 M&Ms

Thursday, January 12, 2012

101 calories!

(Stunned silence)

  
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DOGLADY13 1/13/2012 9:01PM

    M&Ms are the work of the devil.

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DESERTDREAMERS 1/12/2012 10:49PM

    And seriously, who only eats 8? That's not even a handful!

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News from the Land of Good Intentions

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Welcome to our 10 o'clock newcast. I'm your host, Bob Spark. Tonight's top story: Eating Right and Exercise. Was it a good day or not? For part one of this story, we turn to Reporter Asia Eating.

Thank you Bob. I'm standing outside the residence of our story. Breakfast started out with whole wheat pancakes. But there was a problem at the end of the meal. It seems that there was one pancake left after everyone was done eating. Who wants to put away one pancake? So it was consumed. That's an extra 100 calories Bob.

That's not that much Asia.

Right Bob, but an extra 100 calories per day can turn into an extra pound at the end of the month. Plus there was the protein problem. Pancakes, even whole wheat are carbohydrate intensive. They are great for quick energy, but our victim will feel hungry much sooner than if they had some protein.

Clearly there were Good Intentions, but they fell short on the details. Thank you Asia. Now we turn to our midday correspondent: Lando Luncheon. Lando, what do you have for us?

Lunch was clearly well planned. This was probably the most successful meal of the day. A canned diet soup that was augmented with some additional chicken and frozen vegetables. The main problem here was with portion control. The soup was clearly labeled 80 calories per portion, but 2 portions were consumed. Low calorie, but high quantity.

Lando, isn't there also a problem with sodium in canned soups?

Yes, absolutely. You can choose lower sodium varieties, but clearly this was purchased before thinking of such things. This particular can had 690 mg of sodium per portion. And as we all know, in addition to being hard on the kidneys, too much sodium can lead to water retention and, yes, weight gain instead of loss.

You know, its really too bad to see these things. Now on to our Exercise Reporter, Sue Shwety. Sue?

Thanks Bob. As you can see, the forecast was for exercise today. But there was this front of lethargy in the middle of the afternoon. Instead of exercising, the choice was video games on the Nintendo Wii. Now, here is the curious department. You can game and exercise with the Wii using programs like Wii Fit and Wii Zumba. But for some reason these were bypassed in favor of a more sedentary game. I believe there was some influence from the child companion. We are optimistic for tomorrow's forecast when the child is in school, but it remains to be seen if willpower will be stronger than the couch cushions. Back to you in the studio Bob.

Thanks Sue. Now over to Denny with the Dinner Report. Denny?

Bob, this was also a case of a well thought out meal, that went amiss afterwards. Baked chicken breast, no skin, a small baked potato and a very large portion of escarole.

Wait, I'm sorry to interrupt. Escarole?

Yes, Escarole is a green leafy vegetable. The Spark Computers call it endive. As a green leafy it clearly was the best choice for a large portion. All was well until, 7:30 when a case of the munchies set in and she went for the biscotti.

Oooh. Too bad. At least tomorrow is another day. From all of us here at the Good Intentions Newsroom, I'm Bob Spark.

  
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DOGLADY13 1/13/2012 9:04PM

    LOL. You are funny!



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Flogging Myself

Monday, January 09, 2012

I said I was going to go to the gym, but I didnt make it. And now its 9 pm and too late to start anything.

At least I made a healthy dinner (chicken breast, escarole and I successfully stopped myself at ONE SMALL baked potato) with plenty of leftovers for tomorrow and reincarnation* for the rest of the week. I'm having a hankering** for lentils and there are some tasty looking lentil/spinach/curry things on the SparkRecipes.

*I cant eat the same thing all week, but I can reinvent my leftovers into new forms: enchiladas, soup, potpie, etc.

**Unless you are pregnant, you cant have cravings. You have hankerings.

  
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SUCCESS44 1/9/2012 9:46PM

    I love the debate on hankering vs. craving, but I just plain want something when I want it! Although I must admit that I have never actually craved lentils... My brother in law on the other hand, eats lentils and rice for breakfast every morning! He is quite the healthy dude! If I am going to crave something, it is either going to be a real italian wood fired oven pizza, you know, the kind with the really thin crust and the very little but wonderful cheese, or frankly chocolate!

But I digress...it is January and I am not craving anything but water and weight loss! You sound like a very health eater. Good luck!

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TRENTDREAMER 1/9/2012 9:22PM

    Finally, after 2.5 years I find another blogger who uses end/footnotes. I don't use them as often as I used to. Speaking of which.

*I cant eat the same thing all week, but I can reinvent my leftovers into new forms: enchiladas, soup, potpie, etc.
- Different spice combos can really turn the same thing into different things, for a few days anyway. I like your thinking better though.

"**Unless you are pregnant, you cant have cravings. You have hankerings.
- I'm not only not pregnant, I'm a dude. And when I want chocolate, I can't afford to have the extra syllable to make it a "hankering". It's a craving. Just sayin' :D

Regarding the workout, the thing that got me the most bang for buck on the workout front when I recently started working out was the 10 minute home workout. Whether it was one of Coach Nicole's vids or a simple (5 min kbell core exercise and 5 minutes of light upperbody). It made it so easy at 9:00 to say, "only 10 minutes, I can do it.

Best of fortune to you on your journey.


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